C K Jaffer Sharief as Union Minister of Railways in the Narasimha Rao government initiated the move towards a uniform gauge for the railway. Remember the humongous costs and delays suffered with the multiplicity of gauges – broad gauge, meter gauge and even the narrow gauge- through transshipment of goods.
Iravatham Mahadevan (IM) earned a reputation as an upright, principled and efficient officer of the IAS. He served the Industry Department at the Centre when he worked with his minister of industry, George Fernandes during 1977-79. Remember, Fernandes’ initiating several fundamental changes in industrial policy like limiting foreign holdings in
Karthik studied at Srividyasram in rural Vadakurangaduthurai. Pursued a diploma in medical equipment services in Chennai. Works as a service mechanic in Mumbai. Karthik’s father works as a sweeper at Srividyasram. With understandable pride and tears welling his eyes the latter referred to his son flying from Mumbai to pay
Bhishma Narain Singh: the soft-spoken Guv In early March 1993, I met Governor B N Singh at the Raj Bhavan to invite him for the silver jubilee celebration of IE. He readily agreed. He enquired about our publication and incorporated the information into his speech. Only a day earlier former President
In the demise of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi (MuKa) Tamil Nadu has lost one of its tallest leaders. Multifaceted is the right description for him – journalist, writer, litterateur, poet, playwright, orator, organiser, strategist, politician, administrator, rationalist, parliamentarian... all rolled in one. In each of these attributes, Karunanidhi excelled. Muthuvel Karunanidhi (Mu
Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee, will always be remembered as one of the few colossuses who strode the Indian political scene as a statesman. The genial giant was a Hema Malini fan who watched the blockbuster movie Seeta Aur Geeta 25 times. During 1980s this former External Affairs Minister (EAM) along with his
OMG. What a prolific writer! And what a vast range of subjects he dealt with in his inimitable style! His in-depth research on the great Chola kings, Rajaraja and Rajendra. His prolific writings on religion from Mahabaratham to Thevaram and Thiruvasagam. His elegant handling of contemporary subjects like industrial strife and